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Tuesday, April 28, 1998 Published at 08:12 GMT 09:12 UK




Killing 'may be drugs related'
image: [ The body was found near Dromad ]
The body was found near Dromad

Police in the Irish Republic have said the killing of a man whose body was found in a border village may be linked to the drugs trade.

Security sources said the body bore the hallmarks of a paramilitary murder. They have confirmed the man was badly beaten although the exact cause of death is not known.

Some reports have suggested the killing could be linked to an internal row within the Continuity IRA - a republican splinter group.

Chief Superintendent Al McHugh, who is heading the inquiry, said: "We are following a number of lines of inquiry, and some are drugs-related."

The man had wounds to his face and upper body and had been stabbed in the chest. But he had not been shot.

Security sources have reported that a drugs gang with republican paramilitary connections has been operating in the Irish border area.

The dead man, who has yet to be identified, was found wrapped in plastic sheeting near the village of Dromad, County Louth.

The body was at the side of the main road linking Belfast to the Irish capital, Dublin.

Police sealed off the area where the man, believed to be in his 30s, was found.






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